Zimbabwe will not be among eight nations to fight for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following a 0-5 aggregate defeat to South Africa.
The Young Warriors were a much improved side in the nil all draw at Barbourfields on 10 September having lost 5-0 in the first leg at Orlando Stadium just 4 days before.
Head coach Tonderai Ndiraya made five changes to the team which crumbled under the lights in South Africa.
Despite the loss, Ndiraya, together his counterpart David Notoane were awed by the amount of talent in the Zimbabwean team.
“The one thing that we always are aware of is that Zimbabwe at youth level has some amazing talented players and you see little bits of the potential in this group,” Notoane said.
Ndiraya was mostly impressed by Highlanders’ Andrew Mbeba who partnered Shadreck Nyahwa in central defence, having been entirely left out of the squad that played the first leg.
“We have so much potential in this team., so much potential, I think we have seen it today. Andrew Mbeba, coming from [the] Under-20, you saw what he did today, you can name them,” the Head coach said.
Mbeba is among several players who were part of the Under-20 team that lost 3-4 on penalties in the COSAFA final in 2018.
His partner in defence Nyahwa also played in the match.